The 2nd Annual New York City International Film Festival (NYCIFF) comes to Manhattan and with it movies from around the world. NYCIFF introduces the creative works of emerging and established filmmakers to a broad but unique audience. Affluent New Yorkers, and the general public will be able to experience and enjoy independent, creative films. NYCIFF promotes for 11 days New York City’s Theater District and Times Square as the cradle of cutting edge entertainment, and opens the doors of NYC to an eclectic, international and national, group of the filmmaking community.
Established in 2006, the core mission of the PVIFF is to promote cultural diversity within the arts. Through its film showcases and programming, it annually introduces the top echelon of emerging artists to the film and television industry.
The Opening Night for this year’s festival will include a special VIP screening at the Woodruff Arts Center of the highly anticipated drama, “Things Fall Apart,” starring 50 Cent, Ray Liotta, Lynn Whitfield and Mario Van Peebles. The PVIFF will also devote special screenings and events to celebrate the 20th anniversaries of urban film classics, “Jungle Fever” and “New Jack City”.
Where: Atlanta, Georgia
Look out, New Jersey: Tribeca is headed to the beach again this summer! Through our continued partnership with Caesars Atlantic City, we will co-host a series of four FREE outdoor screenings on the beach in Atlantic City, from Thursday, July 7, to Sunday, July 10, 2011. What’s more, Caesars Atlantic City is offering friends of Tribeca—and that means you—a generous rate for anyone who joins us ‘down the shore’ for the big event. We hope you’ll head to South Joisey for what promises to be a fun-filled weekend of movies, sun, and family fun!
The Film: Rejoice and Shout is a documentary exposing centuries of the evolution of African American Gospel music. With commentary from musical legends such as Smokey Robinson, Andrae Crouch and more, a documentary which took years into making finally comes to life. READ MORE
The Film: Jumping the Broom is a witty, comical and oftentimes predictable movie about an African American couple that hail from two very different socio-economic backgrounds who get married in Martha’s Vineyard. The focus is primarily on the weekend of the wedding—of course, but is filled with heartfelt, tender and soulful moments. The movie stars Paula Patton, Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine and Laz Alonso. (READ MORE)
Another year, another Anti-Valentine’s day list. Last year people were pretty vocal about our Anti-Valentine’s Day list. We encourage you to speak up if you think something is missing from the list. This year we sprinkled a film or two with a little hope. We selected those films because the love story has a lot of unglamorous bumps and hurdles. This list spans four decades of “Love Stinks.” Without further ado, let’s check out the Anti-Valentine’s list Part II. READ MORE
The Film: Eat Pray & Love- Based on the best seller, Julia Roberts plays the main character of Liz, a lost miserable soul. Pretty early in the film she realizes that her marriage is not for her but she rebounds into the arms of the gorgeous James Franco, a younger man. However, he is not the answer. She comes to conclusion that she needs time to be single and figure some things out. First a few months of indulgent eating in Italy and then a quest for spirituality(balance).
The Foodie: Liz had to learn to let go and enjoy life. She decided to enjoy the pleasures of food its ok if muffin top happens. We watched Liz stuff her face in Italy with proscuitto and melon, pizza and chicken carbonara then prepare an American Thanksgiving dinner turkey. Then we watched her eat naan in India and down a Thumbs up soda with Richard Jenkins. In Bali, unfortunately, we did not get exposed to their cuisine. However, coffee and rice are cultivated there.
The Film: The spotlight is on Jake Gyllenhall as he plays the Prince of Persia based on the video game. As proved with Pirates of the Caribbean, Disney knows how to expand a story based on not much of anything. Prince of Persia is shot in an epic style and it likely to please families because of its good clean fun. At times the film came across as corny due to duties of emulating the video game which include video games like back flips and unbelievable jumps by the leading man.
Two of the strongest ingredients of the film are Gyllenhall and Ben Kingsley. He is a fabulous layered actor who can evoke powerful emotion through his big blue sappy eyes as he plays Prince Dastan. Kingsley is a joy to watch as a master actor as the King’s brother Nizam. The two are supported with an engaging cast rounded out with the always entertaining Alfred Molina (Spiderman II, Frida).
In the tradition of Raiders of the Lost and The Mummy, the Prince of Persia: Sands of Time shares the mystical concepts of curses, Gods and snakes; however, the hero is not an archaeologist but a Prince. His adventure to put all things as they should involves a beautiful mouthy princess (Gemma Atherton) as his pain in the butt. As there learn to be amicable toward each other, they join forces to prevent a Sandstorm which could destroy the world.
Admittedly, The Prince of Persia has a few surprising twists and turns plus a cool ending. The audience enthusiastically clapped at the end of show. Despite finding many moments to be hokey, all in all it is a good film. The dynamic between as his brothers will most guessing. The characters are not flat but fleshed out. Furthermore, Disney deserves high marks for providing a truly family friendly film.
Food: Our website has a number of great recipe selection from Armenia to Lebanon. Click here to for the Armenian Bell Pepper Recipe
See article on the Multicultural Jake Gyllenhall